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41 weeks to Midterm Elections

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In this edition of the AoC Checklist:

Contact your senators

Check the box if you made contact–whether for one issue or all–so we can count your action. Contacting your senators’ staffers with multiple concerns is more efficient for both of you. They don’t mind, but be sure to contact both progressives and conservatives. They need to hear from you.

Look up your senators here.

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Your script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] calling/writing about several issues. I’d like Sen. [NAME] to:

I value demo­­­­cracy

With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. Each citizen must be able to freely and fairly elect those who represent their values.

Action 1: Protect election officials from partisan penalties.

Source: Voting Rights Lab

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If you live in AL, AZ, GA, IA, IL, KS, MI, MO, NC, NH, PA, SC, VA, or WI, contact your state legislators (look up).

Find your state’s pending legislation in this spreadsheet. Scroll horizontally to the column labeled “Penalizing Election Officials” and scroll down to find the bill number(s) for your state.

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] calling because I believe election officials are dedicated civil servants who are vitally important to our democracy. I urge you to vote NO on [BILL # FROM SPREADSHEET] because it penalizes election officials for good-faith actions taken in the course of doing their jobs. Thank you.

If you live in any other state, donate to the Voting Rights Lab to support their work on state campaigns nationwide.

I value equality

Support the dignity of your rainbow of neighbors from every religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, and ability.

Action 2: Encourage people currently incarcerated or detained.

Source: Abolition Apostles

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People in jail and prison are human beings with social and spiritual needs. Abolition Apostles is an national organization that offers moral and spiritual support to members of the community who are incarcerated through compassionate human connection, including letter-writing, material assistance, advocacy, visitation, and re-entry resources.

Volunteer: To become a penpal with Abolition Apostles.


Action 3: Advocate for equitable covid test distribution.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Sec. Xavier Becerra 
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-877-696-6775

Script: I’m from [STATE] and concerned that covid test kits are not being equitably distributed. Four free tests to each street address means that people in apartment complexes, large families, and roommate situations are receiving too few tests or none at all. I support this initiative, but people–especially without insurance–must be able to order the number of no-cost tests they need for their household. Thank you.


Action 4: Advocate with a Georgia community opposing a new toxic plant.

Source: Robert D. Bullard

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The town of Adel, GA is already home to several toxic plants, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD) recently issued a permit to a new industrial corporation without inviting public comments. Community members are demanding the GA EPD be held to the national standards of the Clean Air Act and establish an open public comment period before the facility is permitted to operate.

Sign: The petition to EPA Office of Air and Radiation Acting Assistant Administrator Joseph Goffman.

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Action 5: Act in solidarity with underpaid Kroger workers.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Kroger Corporation at 1-800-576-4377 or via their comment form.

Script: Hello, I’m a [CUSTOMER/CONCERNED CITIZEN] contacting you in solidarity with your employees demanding liveable wages. A recent survey of over 10,000 Kroger workers showed that more than two-thirds of your employees struggle to afford food, housing, and other basic needs due to low wages and part-time work schedules. I’m supporting their calls to increase workers’ wages to reflect inflation rates and provide your employees with a living wage.


Action 6: Submit a comment by 1/25 to keep families together.

Source: Families Belong Together

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In February 2021, President Biden introduced the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families to help reconnect families traumatically separated at the border under the previous administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. The task force reunited 100 children with their families in the first 10 months, leaving roughly 5,400 children still separated from family and 1,150 unaccounted for. The DHS is inviting public recommendations to support the efficacy of the task force.

Submit your comment by January 25, 2022: On Regulations.gov. Using your own words, using the focus points below:

  • End family separation.
  • Reunify all families still separated.
  • Support separated and reunited families’ emotional recovery and provide appropriate relief and resources to facilitate their healing.
  • Prevent future family separation by enacting safeguards and policies to end this inhumane practice forever.
  • Select and train border agents for the humane treatment of aspiring Americans.

Action 7: Call for the lawful release of detained aspiring Americans.

Sources: National Immigrant Justice Center, Detention Watch (DWN)

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The newly-enacted Illinois Way Forward Act bans its cities and counties from contracting out jail space to ICE to detain aspiring Americans. Add your name to demand those currently detained in McHenry and Kankakee county facilities be released to their communities without monitoring equipment, and not transferred to different facilities or deported.

Sign: The DWN petition to DHS Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Field Office Director Renda.

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Action 8: Encourage a detained refugee.

Source: Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC)

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Phoeun You is a Cambodian genocide survivor and refugee who grew up in California. For the past 25 years, Phoeun has been incarcerated in the state prison system. In recognition of his commitment to service, mentorship, and rehabilitation, the Board of Parole Hearings recommended his release in early January. Immediately after release, ICE detained Phoeun and prevented him from reuniting with his family and community.

Send an encouraging note: To Phoeun using APSC’s  form.

Donate: To Phoeun’s reentry/freedom fund through Venmo @protectphoeun.


Action 9: Advocate to close abusive ICE detention centers.

Source: AoCC

17 immigrant-rights organizations recently sent a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas, detailing the human rights abuses perpetrated by officials within New Orleans ICE Field Office jurisdiction (NOLA ICE).

Add your name: To our letter to Sec. Mayorkas demanding the closure of NOLA ICE facilities, the release of all those currently detained to their communities, and a comprehensive investigation into all accusations.

Acts of Grati­­­­tude

Signatures to the forms below will be printed with a letter of thanks from Americans of Conscience, and mailed to the recipient 2 weeks after the Checklist publication date. Your information will not be stored after that date.

Thank RI state senator Liana Cassar (D) and state representative Bridget Valverde (D) for introducing legislation requiring RI’s Medicaid program and state employees’ health plans to cover abortion.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:
LC: Capitol Office, 82 Smith St. Providence, RI 02903
BV: 14 Cambridge Court, North Kingstown, RI 02852


Thank Miles 4 Migrants and Human Rights First for facilitating donations of unused airline miles to help reunite families separated by war, persecution, and disaster.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:
M4M: 3629 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA, 70115
HRF: 75 Broad St., 31st Floor, New York, NY 10004


Thank rapper Cardi B for paying the funeral costs for victims who lost their lives in a recent fire in the Bronx.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: c/o KSR Group, 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite K261, New York, NY 10001

Good News

As Americans of Conscience, we celebrate!

Tribal

National

State

Local

  • NYC Council will require all employers to include minimum and maximum salaries in job postings. 
  • 600 GA residents sign a formal objection to polling location closures in Lincoln County.
  • Four people imprisoned in Washington County, AR file a federal lawsuit after unknowingly being given an unlicensed, ineffective treatment for COVID-19.
  • Washington, DC will provide free period products at every middle and high school in the city, and city schools will teach students of all genders about menstruation starting in fourth grade.

Corporate/business

Groups and organizations

  • On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Dr. King’s family and other democracy advocates march to urge Congress to protect and expand voting rights.
  • SOWEGA Rising grants $10,000 in seed funding to the Albany State University Justice Propulsion Center, Dr. James Pratt, and criminal justice students to bring mediation and conflict resolution training to Southwest Georgia.
  • Indigenous nonprofit IllumiNative reach out to COVID-19 vaccine-hesitant Native communities through their For The Love of Our People campaign.
  • The Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity hosts a virtual gathering to address abortion rights and reproductive freedom from a supportive religious perspective.
  • Michelle Obama and a coalition of voting rights organizations pledge to register over a million new voters ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
  • Liz Shuler takes over as AFL-CIO president, becoming the first woman to lead the union federation.

News with heart


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